Structural materials in cells
Structural materials in cells

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Structural materials in cells

Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe and give examples of how self-assembly enables construction ‘from the bottom up’ in natural materials

  • explain what is meant by primary and higher-order structure in proteins and give examples

  • give examples of the range of functions carried out by proteins within cells

  • describe how a combination of strong and weak bonding within biopolymers and lipids is used to build hierarchical structures with common structural elements and finely tuned properties, including calculations where appropriate

  • explain how both positive and negative design principles must be applied to the design of molecular devices and comment on the challenges involved in attempting such design.

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